Sky Column by Douglas Hollis
Sky Column is an investigation of ephemeral monumentality. Tapered masts of stainless-steel tubing in the formation of a column project fifty feet high from the ground and appear to become one with the sky. The effect is that of a mirage, enhanced by the mirror-polished surface of the masts that reflect the surrounding landscape, respond to changing light, and quiver with the wind. At night, up-lights at the base of the artwork are programed to brighten and dim in response to real-time variations of the wind.
When seen from afar, Sky Column serves as a beacon, attracting people to the park while creating a gathering place for visitors to the adjacent aquatic center. It can be viewed as a reminder of the fragility and interconnectedness of life, and our ability to nurture it when we work together as a community, especially in the face of challenges like a pandemic or climate change.